I found a catalog when I was rearranging my bookshelves the other day. It is an exhibition catalog of treasures housed in Nara’s Shosoin Treasure House. It was the second exhibition after the war of these national treasures being displayed in public at Ueno’s Tokyo National Museum in 1959. At that time, I was still novice to this craft for eight years, and wondering if I should continue. During fall of that year, I went to Tokyo to see my business associates and visit museum exhibitions. By chance, I went to see this exhibit, and it made my career.
I browsed through this dear catalog, and my eyes stopped suddenly at the picture of bamboo basket. I can still visualize this work. It is a rather flat shaped morikago style basket. The ajiro (twill) plating bottom of the basket curves upward using Ayame weaving technique. Its walls are made by gozame (mat plating) up to the rim; then, arrowroot vine wrap to tie each group of three bamboo strips to finish this work. This was said to be used as a flower-serving basket. According to the catalog, the basket was used for the first memorial service of Emperor Seimu in 757 AD. There is no doubt that the basket, remaining in perfect shape for well over 1000 years, has mystic power to charm people who see it. Among all treasures of the Nara Period housed in the Shosoin for 1200 years, this basket remains my favorite. It determined my career as a bamboo artist. Looking at this catalog brought me back the memories of forty some years ago.
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